We left the house the morning of the 23rd, at 4:30AM. A little early for us; Felicia normally leaves the house at 5AM, to go to work downtown. But we had appointments all day long, so a long day is in store for us.
Got down there before 6, but the place she was supposed to give blood was not open yet. So we waited for it to open. Once we got in for Felicia to give blood, I went and checked to see where and when the shuttle would run. I was gone probably 5 minutes and was headed back up the elevator and here’s Felicia coming down! She said the lady was messing around with her arm and asked her to put pressure on it. Of course she thought she was holding the needle for some reason, but looked over and the lady was done!
Our next appointment was at 6:30, offsite from everything else. It was about 3-4 blocks down Holcombe, so we were trying to decide if we were going to wait on the shuttle or walk. Shuttles do not start until 7, so our decision was made for us. We walked. Arrived in plenty of time and by 7, they had called Felicia in for her CT scan.
At 9AM she went in for the nuclear isotopes to be injected. This is for the bone scan; the isotopes go into the bones…making them easier to see. They injected her with nuclear medicine; does that mean she will glow in the dark? That could come in handy for reading at night! HA! Kidding, kidding….That took a little while, but once she was done we were free for almost two hours. The In-laws were downtown also, so we went to lunch with them.
We came back at 11AM for the bone scan, which they say only takes a few minutes. They came and got her and she was back before I could blink. They are like a well oiled machine down here.
The assessment with the medical oncologist was next. The medical oncologist is the one who decides if and how much chemo she will be given. The scary part! After meeting with her, she gave us the low down. Four weeks after the surgery she will start chemo, a treatment every 3 weeks for 6 months and then 6 weeks of radiation. That’s a lot to take in!
There it is, the day in detail. Except for one thing….
My bride showed incredible grace and strength through all of this! I listened to her laughing and joking with the techs at the CT place. I listened to her asking the oncologist about the side effects. She always jokes that she is a big wuss when if comes to being sick or anything like that! I think she always has been worried that she will not be able to handle what is coming. But, I saw a woman who is confident in her God! Confident that He will take care of her no matter how this turns out! Praise God, that He has given me a wife like that! Jesus is my “solid rock”, but she is my anchor here on this earth. With a wife who lives with Grace like that, I can’t help but be a better man!
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33